[b]Home schooling grows[/b]The ranks of America's home-schooled children have continued a steady climb over the past five years, and new research suggests broader reasons for the appeal.The number of home-schooled kids hit 1.5 million in 2007, up 74% from when the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics started keeping track in 1999, and up 36% since 2003. The percentage of the school-age population that was home-schooled increased from 2.2% in 2003 to 2.9% in 2007. "There's no reason to believe it would not keep going up," says Gail Mulligan, a statistician at the center.Traditionally, the biggest motivations for parents to teach their children at home have been moral or religious reasons, and that remains a top pick when parents are asked to explain their choice. ...read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-01-04-homeschooling_N.htm
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Traditionally, the biggest motivations for parents to teach their children at home have been moral or religious reasons, and that remains a top pick when parents are asked to explain their choice. ...
We have an incredibly large number of homeschoolers here in NC... but sadly, the economy is cutting our numbers down. Dad's are losing their jobs or taking pay cuts, and moms have to go out and try to get a job just so the family can survive.It's distressing.Krispy
Greetings KrispyWe have had a few moms that have had to come up with some ways to keep home schooling here. One family has dad working days and mom working nights, they are splitting school responsibilities just to keep children out of public school. Others are having grandparents who are supportive step in and teach while mom is working. IT is very distressing. How are things for you and yours going? Still praying for everyone :-) God BlessMJ
As for me and mine... we're doing ok. I just know that for many homeschooling families times are extremely tough. Especially for dads who are contractors.Things have become very tight for us, but we've got our heads above water. One thing that helps is we are debt free. If we werent I dont know how we would be making it right now. But God is providing. My trust is in Him.Krispy